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The weekend pet food run revealed some graphic pet portraiture. It's a simple way to immortalize our furred family in scrap plywood. Or for that matter, to inspire such silhouettes in card stock or wallpaper, ala Inke Heiland Wallanimals.
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These wood pieces would be equally smashing in smaller dimensions. Since they work so well in multiples and various colors, we can envision a mini-homage to several pets, or perhaps a "Many Moods of Otis" series.

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The How:
  • Use projection to trace pet's silhouette from a photo or start on kraft paper first.

  • Cut out shape with jigsaw.

  • Sand edges.

  • Finish wood as desired: A clear seal to preserve wood grain, paint or or try colorized wood stains (as shown at Urbanimal). This might be a great application for leftover or "oops" paint.
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    Small scale paper version:
  • Trace silhouettes onto a card stock. Patterned stock or perhaps some relevant ephemera would add even more pop.
  • Cut out and mount onto a background of complementary or contrasting color. A solid pup might look great against a bold print.
  • Pop in a frame—you've got a great gift or an office-ready pet photo that doesn't scream "Cat Lady."
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    The Inke Heiland version of a non-domesticated feline.